I've seen several references to


being worthy because he is able to handle Stormbreaker. However, to my knowledge, there is no mention of Stormbreaker having the same requirements of worthiness to wield as Mjolnir did. Have there been any explicit statements on the matter?

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    Probably not, since that attribute was added to Mjolnir by Odin in Thor (the movie). May 1, 2018 at 15:16
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    "he is able to handle Stormbreaker" ? Pun intended? May 2, 2018 at 4:36

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No, Stormbreaker does not have the worthiness requirement.

The Russos, the directors of the film, answered this on Twitter

Mjolnir requires worthiness, not Stormbreaker. - Russo Brothers #InfinityWar #VuduViewingParty

no enchantment


Not that we've seen

If you recall back to the original Thor movie, the enchantment was placed specifically on Mjolnir during the course of the movie by Odin, as part of his attempt to teach Thor humility and responsibility. The fact that both Thor and Loki attempted to lift it in Thor and were surprised to have failed also implies that the lifting aspect was specifically tied to that worthiness enchantment. Also, as we learn in Thor: Ragnarok, Hela once wielded the hammer herself and there appeared to have been no such worthiness enchantment in place at the time.

So as far as we've seen, Stormbreaker is just a normal weapon in that regard. Theoretically it should be "wieldable" by anyone, though effectively used by Thor alone, given his powers. It's also worth noting that it does have some enchantments itself, such as the

Theoretical/proven Bifrost powers

but that was a stated enchantment, unlike the worthiness one.

Could it have such an enchantment? It's certainly possible, but there's no evidence that would allow us to conclude such. If anything, Groot's ability to lift it could be taken as additional evidence against.

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    I think the only way it could possibly have a similar enchantment is if Thor added it himself off-screen, but there's not really any reason to think that he did do that. May 1, 2018 at 15:42
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    Or..... Groot's just worthy.
    – Dave
    May 1, 2018 at 16:16
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    @Dave Could be. But the evidence as it is already leans in favor of no enchantment, so him lifting really proves nothing on it's own.
    – Mwr247
    May 1, 2018 at 16:18
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    I agree. But can you imagine the awesomeness of a spin-off Groothor movie? :)
    – Dave
    May 1, 2018 at 16:23
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    @Dave the dialogue practically writes itself.
    – Paul
    May 2, 2018 at 3:59

Probably not, considering Groot is able to put it together, and even then it doesn't since Thanos doesn't get knocked over when he gets stabbed.


the worthiness enchantment was specific to Mjlonir I'm pretty sure. The reason its assumed most other people can't use the Stormbreaker I think is is because of Thor's line to Quill towards the beginning of IW; he says he needs a new weapon, Quill asks why they can't all have one because the weapon could kill Thanos, and Thor says their bodies wouldn't be able to handle the power of the weapon. That's what I'm remembering at least. It's really just a matter of how powerful the user is.

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